Earth God Day: To Water Commissioner Ts’ui and My Cousins and Relatives by Wei Ying-wu

Festivals abound in this mountain town
on Earth God Day officials stay home
sitting upstairs feeling bored
I walked out to the pond for the light
spring wind rustled the willows
I shut the garden gate at dusk
as I thought of you together in our village
disappointment slipped into my heart

translated by Red Pine

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